Justia Drugs & Biotech Opinion Summaries

Articles Posted in Arkansas Supreme Court
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In this case concerning the medical marijuana licensing and regulatory process the Supreme Court affirmed in part and dismissed in part this interlocutory appeal from the circuit court's denial of Defendants' motion to dismiss this action on the basis of sovereign immunity, holding that the circuit court erred in its ruling.Plaintiff brought this complaint seeking a writ of mandamus and declaratory relief to compel Defendants - the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration, the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control Division, and the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission - to revoke a cultivation facility license granted to another company and instead award it to Plaintiff. The circuit court denied Defendants' motion to dismiss on the doctrine of sovereign immunity. The Supreme Court remanded the action, holding (1) the circuit court did not err in denying the motion to dismiss the writ of mandamus on the basis of sovereign immunity; (2) the circuit court erred in denying gate State's motion to dismiss Plaintiff's claim of declaratory relief; and (3) to the extent that Appellants were seeking relief under the APA the case must be dismissed for lack of subject matter jurisdiction. View "Arkansas Department of Finance & Administration v. 2600 Holdings, LLC" on Justia Law

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The Supreme Court dismissed this interlocutory appeal brought by the State challenging a sanctions order entered by the circuit court pursuant to Ark. R. Civ. P. 37, holding that this Court lacked appellate jurisdiction over the appeal.The Arkansas Attorney General brought this action in the name of the State against several pharmaceutical companies in connection with Defendants' role in the ongoing opioid epidemic. During the proceedings, the circuit court found that the Attorney General had not provided complete and specific discovery responses, in violation of the court's discovery orders, and then entered an order sanctioning the Attorney General. The Attorney General appealed. The Supreme Court dismissed the appeal, holding that the sanctions order was not a final or otherwise appealable order under Ark. R. App. P.-Civ. 2(a)(4). View "State ex rel. Rutledge v. Purdue Pharma L.P." on Justia Law

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The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the order of the circuit court requiring the Arkansas Department of Correction (ADC) to provide Plaintiff, an Arkansas resident and attorney, with the pharmaceutical package inserts and labels for its supply of potassium chloride, one of the drugs in the State’s execution protocol. In so ordering, the circuit court held that the General Assembly did not intend to protect the identity of manufacturers of drugs used in the ADC’s lethal-injection protocol. On appeal, the Supreme Court held (1) the circuit court correctly found that the identity of drug manufacturers is not protected under the confidentiality provisions of Ark. Code Ann. 5-4-617; but (2) the ADC is still required to redact certain information such as lot, batch, and/or control numbers that could lead to the identification of other sellers and suppliers in the chain of distribution. View "Arkansas Department of Correction v. Shults" on Justia Law

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The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the order of the circuit court requiring the Arkansas Department of Correction (ADC) to provide Plaintiff, an Arkansas resident and attorney, with the pharmaceutical package inserts and labels for its supply of potassium chloride, one of the drugs in the State’s execution protocol. In so ordering, the circuit court held that the General Assembly did not intend to protect the identity of manufacturers of drugs used in the ADC’s lethal-injection protocol. On appeal, the Supreme Court held (1) the circuit court correctly found that the identity of drug manufacturers is not protected under the confidentiality provisions of Ark. Code Ann. 5-4-617; but (2) the ADC is still required to redact certain information such as lot, batch, and/or control numbers that could lead to the identification of other sellers and suppliers in the chain of distribution. View "Arkansas Department of Correction v. Shults" on Justia Law